Radio Cake Records Releases THE SKELETON MELODIES Soundtrack EP by Kell The Ruiner

The emergence of tonight’s full, blue moon will certainly accentuate this Halloween’s memorable potential.  To add to the uncanny atmosphere, and as an early treat, Radio Cake Records has released a soundtrack EP for The Skeleton Melodies by Kell The Ruiner.  The five songs, each connected to a story from my collection by the same title, were composed by Allen Kell from the band Shadeland. Here’s the track listing:

Jeffrey Thomas (author of The American) recently made an anecdote celebrating the creativity of his friends (in this case, providing a shoutout to his pal Wyland Ytani for the album The Incident on Planet X).  In the same vein, I’d like to acknowledge how proud I am to be associated with both this project and this musician.  

Allen Kell / Kell the Ruiner, performing with Shadeland

Remaining in close proximity to creative thinkers helps calibrate, and progress, creative crafts in all mediums. In addition to being one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever known, Allen is also one of my most genuine creativity colleagues.  His music and innovative output inspires me, as a writer, to not only sustain fecundity and productivity in my own wheelhouse, but to continuously challenge myself to alter the dynamics of my artistic disciplines.

Likewise, I’d like to supply major props to Nikosha Orchard, one of the kind and clever helmers of Radio Cake Records, who’s been supremely supportive throughout this endeavor.

You can find The Skeleton Melodies soundtrack by Kell the Ruiner on a number of platforms, but you can start with these:

Happy Halloween, friends and fiends — enjoy the music!

SOUTH Magazine Interview: “Cooking Up Horror”

The Fall, 2020 issue of South Magazine contains my interview with columnist Kaylin Brian titled, “Cooking Up Horror.” In addition to discussing The Skeleton Melodies (Hippocampus Press, 2020), our conversation covers my occupation and culinary vocations, a bit of my writing background, and the relationship between the craftsmanship of cooking and the disciplines of storytelling.

The themes [in The Skeleton Melodies] include a lot of reflection about being a father and husband. Those are things that were on my mind during the creation of the stories. I’d also say there is a bit more conscience; I’ve really tried to push the characters to not so much be working on themselves but to work on rectifying problems with each other.”

“Cooking Up Horror” by Kaylin Brian: South Magazine, Fall, 2020
“Cooking Up Horror” by Kaylin Brian: South Magazine, Fall, 2020